Monday, September 7, 2009

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Clayton State University

Hispanic Heritage Month is the period to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 15. The Sept. 15 date was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Clayton State University’s Hispanic Heritage Month events are sponsored by: the Department of Campus Life; DEEP (Diversity Educational Experiences for Peers) Peer Educators; the Campus Events Council (CEC); the Hispanic Student Association (HSA).

Sept. 9
Cultural Connection: Salsa Dance Party
Come out and learn how to do the salsa from professional dance instructors and win great prizes. Authentic Latin food will be served. Free Admission.
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Student Activities Center (SAC) Ballroom C
Sponsored By: CEC and HSA

Sept. 10
Hispanic Student Association General Interest Meeting
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: James M. Baker University Center (UC), Rm. 267

Sept. 15
Lakers Fiesta
Clayton State University’s official kick-off to the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. The event will feature live music from Tahino, the Latin band; authentic Latin food; and games. Free Admission.
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: UC Quad
Sponsored By: Department of Campus Life and DEEP Peer Educators

Sept. 23
HSA Nacho Fundraiser
The Hispanic Student Association will have its annual Nacho Fundraiser on September 23. All nachos will be $2.
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: UC Main Street

“Paseo en un Mundo Latino” (Movie Night)
The Hispanic Student Association will be showcasing a movie in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: SAC Ballroom C
Sponsored By: HSA

Sept. 29
“Baile Y Presentaction Cultural” (Hispanic Cultural Show)
The Hispanic Student Association is sponsoring a Cultural Show that will feature live performances showcasing various aspects of their culture. If you would like to learn more about the Hispanic culture, then come out and support this event.
Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: SAC Ballroom C
Sponsored By: HSA

Oct. 7
Immigration: Helpful or Hurtful to America?
Hispanics in the United States are feeling a range of negative effects from the increased public attention and stepped up enforcement measures that have accompanied the growing national debate over illegal immigration. How do you feel about immigration? Is it helpful or hurtful to America? Come out and join in on this dialogue discussion regarding this controversial subject.
Time: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: SAC Ballroom C
Sponsored By: Campus Life and DEEP Peer Educators

The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. On the 2000 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino." More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 Census.

For more information, contact: for Campus Life and DEEP sponsored events, Multicultural@mail.clayton.edu or (678) 466-5433; for CEC sponsored events, cec@clayton.edu or (678) 466-5437; for HSA sponsored events, Maria Morales at mmorales3@student.clayton.edu.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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